HORRIFIED residents have spoken of their disgust after a dog and badger were allegedly made to “fight to the death”.
The badger was found dead in a pool of blood near Ffordd yr Ysgol, Flint, on Saturday morning, and a bull breed cross lurcher was also found abandoned with horrendous injuries on the field of Cornist Park Primary School.
The RSPCA has again appealed for information from witnesses in what they believe to be “a suspected badger baiting incident”.
Residents in the area, who don’t want to be named, say they are concerned and appalled that this has happened virtually on their doorstep.
One man said: “If these people are sad enough to do something like that, then you have no idea what they are capable of.”
Another resident said he saw the dog in the middle of the field.
“It was in an appalling state,” he said.
“It is just despicable. People that do this badger baiting don’t deserve the air they breathe.”
Another resident, who has two young children, said: “A lot of children play on the school field. I would be horrified if any of my children discovered anything like that.”
The dog – subsequently given the name Flint - had a tear to the ear, broken teeth, puncture wounds over his body and part of his nose missing.
RSPCA inspector Anthony Joynes said: “It was an incredibly gruesome sight. It looks like someone has set this dog on to this badger and then just left them to fight.
“The badger would have had a horrific death, and she was a female so could well have young somewhere needing her care. The dog is also in a horrific state and needed urgent veterinary attention.
“He is a lovely animal and I am sure he was forced by his owners to attack the badger in this way.
“Animal fighting involving dogs and wildlife is an extremely serious form or premeditated cruelty.
“The RSPCA is dedicated to investigating such allegations and bringing these matters before the courts for them to consider.”
Anyone who has information relating to the attack can call the RPSCA on 03001 238018.